video: Dude, where’s my Jakkayarn?

I have managed to cut down the material from the bike ride Nicholas and I did from Bangkok to Singapore.

When I can get to some great bandwidth I’ll upload the HD version.

On July 12th 2009 Nicholas Ward and Adam Teale left Bangkok Thailand and rode their bicycles south through Thailand and Malaysia, and after 2100km and nearly a month of riding, made it to Singapore

Here it is via Vimeo:

Dude, where’s my Jakkayarn? from Adam Teale on Vimeo.

Download the 854×480 h264 version

Day 02: Cha-am – Prachuab Khiri Khun


(combined from day 01’s ride)

It’s been a hard 2 days of riding, but i think we are starting to get rhythm.

Left the primo residence of Nick’s Aunty’s place at 5am, bag of left overs in hand.

The morning was interesting.

As we road the 15km to Hua Hin, the morning light started to pierce through the sky, and revealed some bad ass looking clouds in the sky. The big wet season “stay inside or die” type clouds.
Eating our left over dinner outside 711 we decided to throw precaution to the wind and roll on down the road.

Well it rained. And we kept on riding. Yep it was really not the big issue that folks had been warning us of.
It was actually a lot more comfortable than yesterday’s heat & wind.
Nick was worried about picking up a cold being out in the rain but i told him he was a pussy and we kept on riding. As we pedaled on and the rain kept on coming down, and I rethought Nick’s idea about getting sick. I agreed momentarily with him and stopped by to pick up some supplies from the cute girl working the chemist in Kuiburi. Ahhh she was beautiful.

After overpaying for lunch we left Kuiburi for the last few hours to Prachuab Khiri Khun.
Not as much excitement here as was in Kuiburi but we did meet our first slightly imposing hill.
To most riding folks it probably isn’t even considered an incline. But, it was raining, windy, a dog chased me 100m up the hill, and i was pretty tired.

We cruised in Prachuab Khiri Khun – cool little town by the sea – Small, interesting, next to the sea, crap french fries, awesome nam dofu.

Nopporn hotel – 400baht – free wifi, great rooms, clean and friendly

Before my iPhone’s battery died, MotionXGPS’s recording said we rode 130km or so.
I have to say, a good night’s sleep really really helps!

Day 01: Bye Bye Bangkok

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During a last minute trip to pick up some small travel sleeping bags Nicholas and I came to the conclusion to depart a day early.

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Nick’s Dad, Mr Ward, was kind enough to drop us over the other side of the Chao Praya which ended up probably saving us 50km or so of inner Bangkok madness.

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So we hit highway 35 and kept up the pace with the trucks, buses and other folks driving at warp speed.

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It was all going pretty smoothly for the first 2 hours or so and then the sun decided it was time to call it a night. My bike started to fall apart and make weird noises but luckily it held itself together.

We rode into the night for another hour or so and ended up at a town called Samut Songkram. Found a place to crash for a few hours called the “Mae Klong” – 200baht.
Reasonable price, but got bugger all sleep.

That afternoon’s total km: 60km

4.30am we skipped town and headed off towards Cha-am. Riding in the morning is awesome. Not hot, not so many people around, and you get to see everything wake up. For breakfast – sticky rice cooked in bamboo – tasty stuff!

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But as the sun eventually made itself known I began to feel the effects of it, and the lack of sleep. 25km or so out of Cha-Am the heat was oppressive and the wind just really smashed me around. Wind = sucks.

Anyway we made it, Nick powered on steadily throughout the whole day, I tried 🙂
Now chillin at Nick’s Aunty’s place in Cha-Am – amazing!

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Early night tonight. Off to … Prachuap Khiri Khun
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